Trading Cards Posts

Did You Own It – Ken Griffey Jr. Upper Deck Rookie Card

Did You Own It – Ken Griffey Jr. Upper Deck Rookie Card

“Did You Own It” is our on-going series dedicated to classic collectibles It’s Christmas morning in 1989 and hundreds of teenage boys are scouring beneath the tree for that unmistakable, long rectangular present. The hope – nay prayer – is that a sealed box of 1989 Upper Deck baseball cards lies nestled somewhere tightly bundled […]

Trading Card Collector & Industry Veteran Nat Turner invests in hobbyDB

Trading Card Collector & Industry Veteran Nat Turner invests in hobbyDB

The Trading Card industry has experienced a revival of late with a renewed interest in collecting rookie cards, big inserts and lots more fueling its bid for Comeback Hobby of the Year status. But for many collectors, such as Nat Turner, collecting sports cards never went out of fashion or took a halftime or seventh-inning […]

To me the Emperor wears no clothes – a personal take on Fractional Ownership in Collectibles

To me the Emperor wears no clothes – a personal take on Fractional Ownership in Collectibles
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Musings by Joschik

I am interested in Collectibles and I don’t want the market to crash (see my recent blog post on What do Tulips, Beanie Babies and Trading Cards have in Common?), so I try to stay ahead in terms of collectible NFTs and other trends that have the power to shift the overall narrative.  One of […]

What do Tulips, Beanie Babies and Trading Cards have in Common?

What do Tulips, Beanie Babies and Trading Cards have in Common?
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Musings by Joschik

For years I have been studying any research related to Collectibles I can get my hands on, starting from the Dutch tulip craze / crash from the mid-1600 century… At the height of that boom you could either buy the (admittingly lovely) Semper August tulip or “one of the grandest homes on the most fashionable […]

83% of all 2021 Investment Dollars into the Collectible Industry going to Trading Card Companies!

83% of all 2021 Investment Dollars into the Collectible Industry going to Trading Card Companies!
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Musings by Joschik

With an obvious explosion of investments in collectibles companies over the last 8 months, Trading Cards are clearly the Elephant in the Room (even before NFTs!). In this article, we take a deep dive into the most recent investment trends in the FanMerch market (worth roughly $500 billion annually). Here are the investments this year […]

ICYMI: The Rad Dad Pokémon Collection Goes up for Auction

ICYMI: The Rad Dad Pokémon Collection Goes up for Auction

When it comes to trading cards, too many stories begin with a similar preamble: “I had that as a kid, but my mom threw my cards away.” For the Kiser family of Mapleton, Utah, the passion of their late, (and, yes, definitely great) father is about to result in a life-altering windfall. And all because […]

ICYMI: Mickey Mantle Rookie Card Receives Presidential Treatment

ICYMI: Mickey Mantle Rookie Card Receives Presidential Treatment

  The stars were on display last week in Denver for the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, but the biggest hall-of-fame treatment didn’t belong to Shohei Ohtani, Fernando Tatis Jr. nor Mike Trout. That honor was bestowed upon Mickey Mantle, rather the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle rookie card, that is. The card received a presidential […]

From the Basement: Remembering Baseball Legend Tommy Lasorda and Collecting Autographed Sports Cards

From the Basement: Remembering Baseball Legend Tommy Lasorda and Collecting Autographed Sports Cards

From the Basement is a recurring hobbDB blog where Christopher C. Wuensch delves into his extensive baseball card collection to discover gems from throughout the decades…  The world of baseball woke up on Friday morning to the news that the voice of one of its most ebullient pitchmen had sadly been silenced with the passing […]

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